How To Stay Safe When Gaming Online? – Gaming Advice
By Space Coast Daily // January 30, 2020
Gone are the days where playing video games was a strictly solitary affair. Online gaming has now become a world-beater, and it means that players are offered a massive range of titles to stream, download and play from the comfort of their PC, console or smartphone.
Popular online gaming titles have included iconic games like World of Warcraft and League of Legends. These commonly see players involved in massive multiplayer tournaments, and while they can be great fun, they can also open you up to plenty of risks.
That is an online gaming phenomenon often requires you to do everything from entering sensitive financial information to make microtransactions, to giving a gaming site your personal data to sign up to their services. Let’s take a quick overview of things that you can do to stay safe when online gaming.
Check the Gaming Site’s Credentials
Gaming sites like Steam give their users the chance to download games and get updates. You will always have to create an account to use sites like this, and it’s essential to do some research into the site to make sure that they will be responsible for handling your data.
That is equally important if you are thinking about using an online casino gaming site, where you will have to make sure to choose a legal one out of the many options, which will provide you with an exceptional level of customer protection.
All decent online gaming sites will tell you who they are and how they handle your sensitive information straightforwardly and transparently. Remember that if anything looks suspicious about a gaming site, then be sure to give it a wide berth as it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Be Careful How Much Personal Information You Reveal
When you’re playing a hit battle royale game like Fortnite, you’ll find that you have to create a username. It’s essential to pick a name that doesn’t tell other gamers too much about your real-life identity. So, make sure that you avoid anything that could give away anything like your name, location and mobile number.
Since, unfortunately, there have been many stories about young gamers getting into financial trouble after giving their personal information to other players. Therefore, if you are keen to enjoy multiplayer online gaming, be sure to be careful about what you share about yourself.
It’s also a good idea to check the privacy settings of any online game first. Privacy settings can vary according to different games and consoles, and they can let other people see what games you are playing and with whom. Always go for the option that gives you the highest amount of privacy.
Watch Out For Suspicious Mods
Many online gamers will download mods to improve their gameplay. In addition to this, it’s relatively common to be able to download cheats to help you get past a hard part of a game. However, we would recommend against doing this unless you know that the mods and cheats are from an authoritative source.
That is because mods can sometimes contain viruses that can play havoc with your computer or console. In addition to this, mods will sometimes allow hackers to infiltrate your PC and gain access to any sensitive information that is on there.
Such hacks aren’t just confined to PCs, as even the Nintendo Switch got hit by hacking. As a result, you should always try and download any mods or in-app purchases directly from the official games website or an official mobile app store.
Keep An Eye On Your Own Gaming Behavior
Finally, it’s always good to exercise restraint when it comes to online gaming. While gaming is a lot of fun, once it starts interrupting with your sleeping patterns and social behavior, it might be time to try and be a little more controlled.
There is still plenty of debate about how too much online gaming affects our mental health. But with many of our region’s schools focusing on mental health, it’s another timely reminder as to why we could think a little more critically about how we approach online gaming.
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